Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is launching a book club so that all children can experience the escapism of reading.
The United and England star is teaming up with Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) to promote reading and literacy among children from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Rashford says he wishes he had the chance to read more as a child but his family had to prioritise food over books when it came to budgeting.
MCB say there will be a particular focus on getting books into the hands of children from vulnerable and under-privileged backgrounds.
The first title of the partnership,
‘YOU ARE A CHAMPION: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice And Be The BEST You Can Be’ – an illustrated non-fiction title aimed at young people aged 11-16 – will be published in May 2021.
Each chapter will begin with a story from Rashford’s own life and will cover topics such as the value of education, positive mentality, understanding culture, and female role models.
It will be co-created with Carl Anka, a journalist for sports media group The Athletic, and Katie Warriner, a performance psychologist.